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The Delaware Department of Transportation will be spending at levels not seen since the Great Recession began.

There will be $3.4 billion shelled out from the capital transportation plan that runs from 2017 through 2022.

It will spend nearly $600-million on paving and road rehabilitation.

Other projects range from $261-million to widen Delaware Route 1 near the Roth Bridge to $41 million on ramps at the I-95 and SR 141 interchange.

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Dekeevis Johnson fell to his death yesterday from the Roth Bridge on Delaware Route 1.

And that has led the Army Corp of Engineers to look at what kind of change is needed to prevent such a tragedy.

The problem is that the bridge is not designed to handle pedestrians.

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MIDDLETOWN, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police say a 26-year-old man accidentally fell to his death from the Roth Bridge.

Cpl. John Day says the man's car broke down early Tuesday in southbound lanes of the bridge across the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal. Day says the man called for a tow truck and a friend came to pick him up. As the man and his friend traveled southbound, they noticed that the tow truck had arrived and the man tried to cross to the other side.

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BEAR, Del. (AP) - Delaware transportation officials are holding a public workshop on a plan to widen Route 1 from north of Route 273 to the Roth Bridge over the Chesapeake and Delaware canal.

Tuesday evening's workshop at Wilbur Elementary School in Bear involves the presentation of a noise study of the road project.

The project calls for adding a travel lane in each direction to Delaware's major north-south artery, widening existing bridges to accommodate the new travel lanes, and reconfiguring supporting interchanges.

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The Delaware Department of Transportation held a workshop for the residents of the town of Bear to outline the options for an $180 million expansion of the nearby north-south interchange.

Many expressed concerns about potential noise and limitation on local access for through traffic needs.

The Delaware Department of Transportation wants to widen Route 1 from the I-95 interchange to the Roth Bridge.

WDEL radio reports that the $185 million project would add travel lanes in each direction and would widen existing bridges.